Construction Today - November 2017 - 27
Partners in Business
Jonas Construction Software offers clients
greater transparency and input into what
they need. "We have a wish list forum where
clients can log on and tell us what they want
to see or would like our team to develop in
JONAS CONSTRUCTION SOFTWARE
"Functionality is important to our clients,"
Tcharnaia says. "We have over 40 modules and
a lot of great reporting tools. We provide our
clients with the ability to easily create reports
by themselves as we believe our clients
shouldn't require a high-level of technical
expertise or have to pay the software company
just to build reports. Reports are essential and
our software works together so that everything is integrated and every field is reportable, allowing information to easily flow from
one module to another with no issues. Our
customers want to collaborate and be able to
work with people in the office, field, subcontractors, owners and clients, and they want
everyone to have access under one platform."
Three years ago, Jonas Construction
Software hired data migration specialists to
make it easier for clients to switch to its fully
integrated software. "Our specialists gain
access to the client's current system database
and are able to extract the data into our upload templates," Tcharnaia explains. "We also
do a business process review with our clients
to ensure we understand their company
inside and out, including their needs, goals
and what they are trying to achieve with our
software. We then build a test company that's
tailored to their business, which includes all
of the data that we extracted."
the next couple of updates," Tcharnaia explains. "It's similar to a Facebook page whereby other clients can 'like' the post or idea and the top
50 suggested updates are developed in the following year."
The company launches new updates every two weeks, every
quarter and one major update per year. Development is completely
client-driven. "Our developers go out and attend conferences and
see what's happening in the industry, watch what our competitors
are doing and figure out what's new in technology and incorporate
that into the changes to make sure we are always a step ahead,"
Tcharnaia says. "We have a user conference every year where we
learn what our clients need and what we can do better and incorporate that into the overall development plan. We offer focus groups
as well as beta-tester clients who get early access to recent updates
in our software before we make it available to the rest of our clients.
Our development is really strong."
Jonas Construction Software has learned that its clients want an
all-in-one solution. The Enterprise Business Intelligence module is
one that the clients requested, providing them with complete visibility and control of their projects and work orders in real-time. Measuring key performance indicators also has been a popular request.
"Our real-time reporting is huge," Tcharnaia says. "When owners
are out in the field or out of the office, they still have the necessary
information flowing their way that they can easily review."
Jonas Construction Software will launch three new modules next
year: project management from the cloud, optical character recognition (OCR) and drawing management. "We already have project
management, but we've had a lot of requests to make it more easily
accessible in the field," Tcharnaia says. "By the middle of next year
we will have full project management functionality - RFIs, submittals, transmittals and change orders all available from a mobile app.
"In regards to OCR, let's say you receive an invoice and owe $300
to supplier ABC," she continues. "With most systems, you have to
scan that into the software and type 'Pay Vendor ABC $300,' and then
enter that information into accounts payable."
With OCR, the process is streamlined as once you scan it into the
system it reads off that sheet 'Vendor ABC and $300. "It will read that
from the paper and automatically upload into accounts payable so
you can pay them," Tcharnaia says. "That's a big time saver if you
have 30 different invoices to scan and allocate at one time."
The drawing management module will allow clients to take
measurements, create requests for information or attach an image
directly to a drawing. Both of the modules will be available next year.
Moving forward, Jonas Construction Software will continue to
embrace new technologies and invest in research and development
to ensure it provides industry-leading software for clients to succeed.
The company's goal is to always be the best, not the biggest.
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